Update on Hurricane Agatha!!


Zachary Veal, Teenager Meteorologist

Hurricane Agatha made landfall at 4 p.m. CT Monday just west of Puerto Angel, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. And this is the earliest a Category 2 storm has made landfall along Mexico’s Pacific Coast.

But weakening after it made landfall, Agatha was located about 65 miles north-northeast of Puerto Angel, Mexico, and had maximum sustained winds of about 70 mph as of 11 p.m. ET Monday. It was moving northeast at 8 mph, according to NHC.

The National Hurricane Center warned of “extremely dangerous” coastal flooding from storm surge and “life-threatening” hurricane-force winds in the state Oaxaca. Heavy rains are expected to continue over southern Mexico through Tuesday.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm was expected to drop 10 to 16 inches of rain on parts of Oaxaca, with isolated maximums of 20 inches, posing a danger for flash floods and mudslides.

And near Puerto Angel, gusts of wind, heavy rain, and big waves began lashing the beach town of Zipolite, long known for its clothing-optional beach and bohemian vibe, on Sunday night. Ominous grey skies and blowing sand cleared beaches in the popular destinations of Puerto Escondido, Puerto Angel and Huatulco.